You’d be barking mad not to admire this local firm’s fascinating story

Written by Danielle Owen-Jones, Bloomin’ Creative director

There was something that stuck with me for a while after I visited the Barking Mad headquarters recently.

It was a framed piece of paper, with the soft outlines of very faint scribbles. Those pencilled scribbles were in fact the very start of Barking Mad, and they’re proudly displayed in the boardroom in a frame that states “Out of small seeds…”

As the owner of a young business (we recently celebrated Bloomin’ Creative’s first anniversary as a PR agency set-up), this was particularly poignant because Barking Mad’s story of success and growth is one I’ve admired from afar as a fellow Kirkby Lonsdale business.

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The countdown is on for Marketing On The Menu!

It’s less than a week until Marketing On The Menu – a free event for hospitality firms and food and drink brands that want to learn a little more about all things marketing.

Following the success of the first event in London late last year, Marketing On The Menu is coming to Manchester next Tuesday (28 March). Hospitality businesses are invited to the free seminar held at Great John Street Hotel, with talks by Making You Content, BizWizUK, Webantic and us – Bloomin’ Creative.

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Our 5 Favourite PR Stunts by Cumbria Businesses

A floating bedroom on Derwentwater, a Hollywood collaboration and a dog who welcomes guests to a popular Lake District hotel. Over the years, we’ve seen some superb PR stunts by businesses in Cumbria. They were creative, bold and imaginative. But not only that, they achieved impressive results due to the brilliant exposure in local and national media, resulting in completely free publicity that would’ve cost a fortune had they opted for advertising rather than PR.

Here are our top five favourites.

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4 Reasons to Fall in Love With PR this Valentine’s Day

Red roses, bottles of champagne, boxes of chocolates and fluffy teddy bears are everywhere, and every time you check your inbox, you’re being inundated with emails promoting deals for romantic escapes and candlelit dinners… Yep, it can only mean one thing – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

February is the month of love, and as a small business owner, you can use this opportunity to fall in love with PR. Here are four reasons why we think PR and your business is a match made in heaven.

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Marketing & PR Room 101: Automatic DMs on Twitter

Written by Danielle Owen-Jones, director of Bloomin’ Creative.

“Hi, thanks for the follow. Perhaps we can connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest too?”

“Good afternoon, many thanks for following. This must mean you’re interested in hiring our sports facilities, can I please call you to discuss?”

“Thanks for the follow – I would be delighted to offer you our PR services. Let’s talk about how we can help you with your PR in 2017.”

My reaction when I open these…?

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5 New Year PR Resolutions for Small Business Owners

Today is the last day of January and, according to research, by now more than 25% of New Year’s resolutions have already been broken.

It’s easy to see why January is a popular time for setting goals – a New Year is always a fantastic opportunity to wipe the slate clean, start again, and set goals for the year ahead. When it comes to marketing and PR activity for small businesses, there are some really quick and easy resolutions you can make (and keep!) to achieve exposure for your business this year.

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